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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Gov. McDonnell hires new chef after criminal inquiry

We still don’t know the fate of the last executive chef at the governor’s mansion. He’s still under investigation by the State Police after a tip about possible wrongdoing at the mansion.

But we do know this: A new chef has been hired to feed Virginia’s first family.

Darren Rounds, who has had a long career in the food service industry in New York, New Jersey and Virginia, recently started work, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office.

Rounds, who started his formal training at age 14, attended the Culinary Institute of America before working at the Grand Hyatt New York and Hyatt Regency Princeton. He moved to Richmond in 1998, where he worked at several country clubs and companies, including Capital One, the Federal Reserve Bank and GEICO.

McDonnell’s staff said in March that it did not know that the previous chef, Todd Schneider, had been convicted of embezzlement because they failed to conduct the usual criminal background check.

But McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin tells us Rounds has been fully checked out.

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